Georgy Zhukov (Blood and Soil)

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Georgy Zhukov in 1939

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1 December 1896 – 9 September 1939) was a Soviet-Russian military commander who's military service spanned from 1914 to 1939. In 1917, he defected from the Imperial Russian Army to the Bolshevik's Red Army, rising through the ranks throughout the 1920s and 30s. Unlike many of his comrades, Zhukov was not implicated in Joseph Stalin's Great Purges of the mid-to-late 1930s, and had earned Stalin's trust. He was assigned to an army group in Soviet Russia's far eastern territories to deal with the ongoing Soviet-Japanese border conflict, however a stalled counteroffensive against Japanese forces in September was neutralized by Manchu reinforcements, and Zhukov himself would be killed in a raid by Japanese fighter planes on September 9th.